Captain Rabiu Ali scored with an overhead kick as Kano Pillars came from behind to beat Asante Kotoko 3-2 in the first leg Caf Champions League preliminary round clash at the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano on Saturday.
Sai Masu Gida opened the scoring 11 minutes into the game through Rahaqqu Adam and held on to a slim 1-0 advantage until half-time.
However, the Porcupines came strong in the second half as goals from Justice Blay and then Godfred Asiamah looked like they were going to steal a famous 2-1 win in Nigeria.
Captain Ali led by example as he restored parity with his wonderful goal before old-war horse Gambo Muhammad came off the bench to score what proved to be the winner.
Pillars are aware they still have a huge task ahead of them as they head for the second leg in Kumasi in a fortnight, having conceded two goals at home in Saturday’s thrilling encounter.